Larry Liberty: My name is Larry Liberty, and I'm the Lead Producer on Fallout: New Vegas. I manage the production team and two of our five cross-discipline content teams. The primary function of the production team is scope management. Of equal importance is resource utilization - in other words, making sure that what we are doing is the most efficient and intelligent thing to do given time and budget constraints. It's more fun than it sounds. Really!
Larry Liberty: There are some direct links to Fallout 2 and some connection to Fallout 3 in the New Vegas plot. The game itself is closer chronologically to Fallout 3 than it is to Fallout 2 (taking place 4 years after the events in Washington DC). Vegas is simply closer geographically to the locales of Fallout 1 and 2, and is more familiar to the developers on the team that worked on those titles.
Larry Liberty: Fallout: New Vegas is a huge game, so I think there will be plenty of opportunity to experiment with all the new weapons and perks. That said there are so many new perks that people will need to play more than once to gain them all.
Hooked Gamers: Fallout 3 had many potential endings. Depending on the character's gender, karma and whether or not he added the modified FEV virus to Project Purity, players would get a series of cut scenes explaining how the story ended for their particular character. Fallout: New Vegas is a follow-up to Fallout 3, but how do you connect the actions taken in the previous game's last hours to the plot of this game?
Larry Liberty: For narrative and geographic reasons, there is no direct story continuity from Fallout 3 to Fallout: New Vegas. There are some ties to the events of Fallout 3, but they are not overt.
Larry Liberty: There isn't necessarily a single Big Threat. For the player that chooses the "good" path, there is at first glance a terrifying presence in the form of Caesar's Legion. But, things aren't quite as black and white as they were in Fallout 3. One man's hero really could be another's villain, and you have all of those options - choosing sides or factions, or just going at it alone.